Oklahoma City’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble has announced its Tenth Anniversary Season of chamber music concerts. This season will consist of five regular concerts, starting in September 2012 and concluding in April 2013, followed by Brightmusic’s second Spring Festival – Schubert and Friends.
The Ensemble will have two performances of each Regular Season concert – Monday nights in northwest OKC at All Soul’s Episcopal Church, and Tuesday nights downtown at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Dates, performance venues, guest artists and programs for the Schubert and Friends Festival will be announced later in the Season.
The first concert, “Bright Winds,” will be performed on September 17-18. It will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and the 20th Century composer Jean Françaix. The second concert, “Bright Strings,” will follow on November 4-5-6, with works of Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and French Romantic composer Reynaldo Hahn. (A third performance of Concert 2 will be given on Sunday afternoon, November 4 in Norman.)
The New Year will bring three more concerts. “Bright Mozart” on January 21-22 will showcase music of Mozart, Cesar Franck and the world premiere of a new work composed by returning guest artist Craig Goodman of Strasbourg, France. “Bright Tales” will feature pieces by Max Bruch, Robert Schumann, Mozart and the 19th Century Belgian composer Guillaume Lekue. Violist Miles Hoffman, Artistic Director of the American Chamber Players, will be the guest artist for this concert. “Bright Virtuosi” will close the Regular Season on April 22-23 with virtuosic works by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Carl Maria von Weber and the 20th Century Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály.
The Spring Festival – Schubert and Friends – will follow in May. Its highlight will be the world premiere of a new chamber music work by contemporary American composer Christopher Theofanidis, a work jointly commissioned by Brightmusic and Chamber Music Northwest of Portland, Oregon. Chamber Music Northwest’s Artistic Director, David Shifrin, will make a return appearance on the Brightmusic stage for the premiere of this new work. The heart of the Festival will be numerous works by the beloved Romantic composer Franz Schubert.
Concert admission is $10 for adults, free for students with ID. More information about the Tenth Anniversary Season and Season Memberships will be posted soon on Brightmusic’s website, www.brightmusic.org.